Since my mother makes the most delicious chocolate macaroons I thought that I would call her and ask for the recipe. Who knew that chocolate bunnies + oats + coconut + vanilla extract = macaroons. She was able to dig me out an actual recipe but sometimes you don't really need to know about the 2 cups of sugar or 1/2 cup of butter that are in your dessert.
|Trouble makers with my silicone bowl while I was getting the recipe from my mother!|
After all of that I decided to try something a little different. These aren't my mother's macaroons but I can't promise that won't go directly from the freezer into my belly.
Not Your Mother's Macaroons
(12 + 5 (for tast testing) )
* 1/4 C date paste
3 Tbsp cocoa
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1/2 C unsweetened coconut
1 C rolled oats
2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
* You can make date paste by soaking 1 cup dried dates in water for 4-6 hours, draining the dates and then blending them into a smooth paste. If you are impatient you can soak them for an hour or so, save 3 Tbsp of the water that they were soaking in and microwave them with reserved date water for 1-2 minutes and then blend into a smooth paste. As you might imagine I used the impatient version.
Add cocoa, vanilla bean paste and melted coconut oil to date paste.
Add coconut and rolled oats.
Drop by the spoonful onto a lined (with wax paper or silicone mat) baking sheet or plate. Place in freezer for 5 -10 minutes. Best enjoyed directly from the freezer. Yum!